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Looks like rebroken thumb, can't afford hospital. Help?

Discussion in 'Health' started by Fenwick1993, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. Sep 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM
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  2. Sep 10, 2012 at 7:32 PM
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  3. Sep 10, 2012 at 7:33 PM
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  4. Sep 10, 2012 at 7:34 PM
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    one or two wont hurt :rolleyes:
     
  5. Sep 10, 2012 at 7:35 PM
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    Hey Fenwick1993,
    All you have to do is: 1. Go to the ER. 2. Show the lady at the window your thumb and tell her you've broken it. 3. When they ask for your insurance card tell them you don't have any insurance. 4. When they ask how your going to pay for it tell them to send you a bill and you'll pay it. 5. When you get their ridiculous bill in the mailbox, and it will be ridiculous, just send them $10.00 or $25.00 or whatever you can afford every month. Take care of your opposing digits. They cannot be replaced.
     
  6. Sep 10, 2012 at 7:37 PM
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    workmanscomp. could save your day.
     
  7. Sep 10, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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    Work out the payment plan. Most hospitals will accept "whatever you can pay" each month, but you want to negotiate it formally, otherwise it can still negatively affect your credit.

    Furthermore: Make sure they send you an itemized bill. This will show you where the absurd upcharges ($20.00 Ibuprofen, for example) are and allow you to negotiate the total cost of the bill down significantly in most cases.

    This. If this injury occurred while you were doing your job, and you weren't violating any company policies, the whole schmeer could be on their dime.
     
  8. Sep 10, 2012 at 7:39 PM
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    Actually they can, they can chop off your big toes and put em on your hand in place of thumbs. Don't ask me why the hell anyone would do that.
    [​IMG]
     
  9. Sep 10, 2012 at 7:40 PM
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    Would you like an extremely long winded post about why it's not the same?
     
  10. Sep 10, 2012 at 7:48 PM
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    i would
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  11. Sep 10, 2012 at 7:50 PM
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    I don't feel like typing that much.

    The long short version is that though they can slap a toe on your hand to act as a sort of flipper/pincer, you won't get nearly the same dexterity as a true thumb, nor the same sensation (re-approximating nerve tissue during reconstructive surgery is a gambling game at best). You WILL have some permanent level of disability compared to an OEM thumb.

    Edit: You also get the joy of learning to walk/balance again without a great toe, which is a hell of a lot more work/rehab than most people realize.
     
  12. Sep 10, 2012 at 7:52 PM
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    Lol, that's freakin funny. I like my "OEM" thumbs.:D
     
  13. Sep 10, 2012 at 7:53 PM
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    And what is a good replacement for a big toe?
     
  14. Sep 10, 2012 at 7:54 PM
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    Haha! He said OEM thumb!
     
  15. Sep 10, 2012 at 7:55 PM
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    We have public healthcare here in Louisiana, if you can't afford to pay you never get a bill
     
  16. Sep 10, 2012 at 7:56 PM
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    Part of a hot dog

    :notsure:
     
  17. Sep 10, 2012 at 7:56 PM
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    Wha...... :confused:
     
  18. Sep 10, 2012 at 7:57 PM
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    That would be replacement for something else.
     
  19. Sep 10, 2012 at 7:57 PM
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    The argument (and it is correct) is that completely losing a toe causes less disability and decrease in quality of life than completely losing a thumb, so if you gotta pick, transplant the toe.

    The ideal situation, obviously, is to retain all your digits to begin with.
     
  20. Sep 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM
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    couldn't/ wouldn't it be easier to go to a "bone yard" and get a replacement thumb thats as close to "OEM" as possible?
     
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